RIO LINDA, Calif. (October 14, 2019) – The Tars earned their sixth consecutive fifth place finish at the National Collegiate Waterski Association National Championships over the weekend. Both the Tars men's and women's teams earned fifth on their way to the final result.
The University of Louisiana Lafayette took home the top spot, followed by the University of Alabama, while the University of Louisiana Monroe captured the final podium spot. Florida Southern finished fourth, while the Tars rounded out the top-five, ahead of Arizona State, Clemson, and Texas A&M.
The Rollins men took fifth in the team results, earning fifth in both the slalom and trick events, while taking home sixth in jumps. Rafael De Osma highlighted the Tars performance, taking fourth in the overall competition.
De Osma recorded a sixth place result to lead the Tars efforts in slalom. The senior maneuvered 4.50 buoys at 38 off the rope. Joaquin Angulo earned points for Rollins with a 17th place finish in the event. Collin Diviak, Alejandro Berensten, and Diego Font also aided the Rollins cause with their efforts.
It was De Osma again who paced Rollins in the tricks event. The Lima, Peru native finished seventh with a score of 4860.00. Diviak tallied a 15th place finish, while Nathan Cherry and Robby Allen earned 24th and 25th. Font finished the event in 40th.
De Osma earned a 16th place finish in jumps to round out his competition, sailing 149.00 feet. Cherry tallied a 20th place result in the event. Diviak was 29th, with Andrew Reese earning a tie for 48th, and Robby Allen registering 59th.
The fourth place finish for De Osma in the overall led Rollins. Diviak also tallied a top-10 spot, at eighth after the three events.
The Tars women's waterski team earned fifth in the team competition on the power of fifth place finishes in slalom and jumps, and a fourth place spot in tricks.
Freshman Neilly Ross finished in a tie for third to lead the Tars slalom efforts. The Winter Garden native earned her bronze position by making three buoys at 38 off. Charlsey Newman finished in a tie for 22nd. Emma Morgan and Camille Diviak tallied 29th and 30th respectively, and Dar Bejerano finished 35th.
Ross again paced Rollins in tricks, finishing fourth with a score of 3910.00. Mia Morgan tallied a 16th place result in the event, while Emma Morgan finished inside the top-20 as well, at 19th. Newman, 27th, and Diviak, 33rd, rounded out the Rollins contingent.
Newman led Rollins in jumps, sailing 116.0 feet, good for a 16th place finish. She was followed by teammate Emma Morgan, who soared 110.0 feet, finishing 17th. Diviak earned 22nd, and Bejerano tallied 40th.
Emma Morgan finished the overall competition as the 10th best skier at the competition. The freshman, Newman, was right behind her in 11th. Diviak finished inside the top-20 as well, earning the 16th spot.